I get unreasonably excited every time I put out a new cookie oatmeal. This is one I have wanted to make for quite a while. Actually, I first wanted to make a monster cookie baked oatmeal, but that would require the use of M&Ms, and then I would have to splurge on vegan M&Ms, and I just wasn’t ready to spend my money on that. Just as I feel about vegan marshmallows. Maybe someday.
As much as I imagined myself making this, I wasn’t 100 percent sure what actually goes into a cowboy cookie. Truthfully, I’m not sure if I’ve ever even had one. All I knew is that there were nuts and chocolate involved.
To guide my recipe, I did what I always do: What Would Martha Stewart Do?
Sure enough, Martha Stewart had a cowboy cookie recipe. In terms of the batter itself, it is nearly identical to a traditional chocolate chip cookie, but in addition to chocolate chips, it has pecans and coconut. Oh yeah, and oats! However, I have also seen walnuts used instead of pecans, but it seems that pecans are the definite norm.
P.S. If you’re looking for a zucchini-free version, the Breakfast Drama Queen has another version of this recipe, and it’s sweetened by dates!
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup's worth of peeled and diced zucchini
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp molasses
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or more)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- rounded 1 tbsp shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
- rounded 1 tbsp raw pecan OR walnut pieces
How to make it:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a single-serving ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small food processor, combine zucchini, milk, vanilla extract, molasses, maple syrup, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Process until it forms a smooth batter. If it looks too thick to you, add another tbsp of milk or water.
- Gently stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts.
- Pour into the prepared ramekin. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
Just an FYI:
Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal.